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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:19pm
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:00pm
The Allison Brothers
(from Schuylkill County in the Civil War)  150 years ago. . .In homes throughout Schuylkill County, tears were shed as the families either received the letters of company commanders or read in the newspaper that their son, husband,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 9:43am
The 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division spearheaded the division’s assault on Omaha Beach seventy rears ago today, and suffered 341 casualties, including Co. A which lost over 90% of its men within ten minutes of landing. The 116th was – and is today – a Virginia National Guard unit. It’s also known as […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 6:57am
Corporal Alexander Govan
Company G, 48th PA 150 years ago. . .The roads south from Spotsylvania were stained red with the blood of soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Among the tens of thousands who shed their life's blood on these crimson fields were many sons of Schuylkill County from the...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/04/2014 - 4:30am
 Currier & Ives Depiction of the Battle of Cold Harbor. . .
  "A heavy rain storm during the night made every one most uncomfortable," wrote regimental historian Oliver Bosbyshell of the night of June 2-3, 1864. By the morning, the rain had ended and the soldiers, before forming up into line, attempted to dry their clothing and blankets...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/03/2014 - 7:09am
May turned to June. . .and the slaughter continued.  150 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania once more found themselves in the midst of heavy battle-action, on a blood-stained field, this time at an obscure Virginia crossroads northeast of Richmond named Cold Harbor. Already during the past month, since crossing the Rapidan on May 4 to its crossing of the Totopotomoy on May 30, the regiment had lost nearly 200 soldiers.  On that June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor, another 68...
Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:00am

In an article in the York Daily Record, it is reported that a skull of a Civil War soldier from the Battle of Gettysburg will be auctioned off in Hagerstown, MD on Tuesday (6/3/14). Along with 13 other artifacts, it was found in 1949 at the location of a farm hospital two miles north of Gettysburg.

Before I go into the ethics of this, I’ll say that this is the sort of thing that could only happen in Hagerstown. This month marks 20 years that I have now lived in the...

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:19am
The University of Nebraska Press battlefield guide series, This Hallowed Ground, is familiar to most seasoned battlefield stompers. Their covers are recognizable from a distance – a blue background with a red sun in the lower right hand corner. The most recent entry in the series is Ethan Rafuse’s Manassas: A Battlefield Guide. Both the […]
Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 8:18pm

It has been quite some time since I have written in this blog. And seeing that the last post was one where I wrote of a health scare that happened to me a couple of months ago on the Antietam Battlefield, I thought it might be prudent to write that any report of my demise is greatly exaggerated.

Actually, today, I spoke at a Civil War event in my home town of Williamsport – where on “Doubleday Hill” that overlooks the city and Potomac River, there was a celebration...

Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 7:06am
On May 21, 1864, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania left Spotsylvania behind, though the memories of the sanguine fields there would never drift far from the memories of those who survived the bloodshed.  The regiment turned left. . .and continued moving south; after nearly four weeks of unimaginable loss and steady, sustained, and heavy combat, General Grant decided to "keep moving on," attempting once more to place the Army of the Potomac between Lee's...
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